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Forever flower

I enjoy taking care of plants, my partner enjoys plants as well, her green thumb though, yea, well… Currently she has a lone bamboo stalk I gave her months ago that’s doing great. Since her job is already demanding, I don’t want to add more to the things she has to pay attention to.

So the forever flower.

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11 spoons total with one single spoon handle still attached and wrapped around the 3/16″ spring steel, I placed the rod in the vise, then used vise grips to hold the spoon to the rod, then I wrapped the spoon up the rod and then welded the rest of the spoons on in 3 tiers.

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I have some hexagon base plates I knew would come in handy for art like this,

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so after the spoons were welded on, I welded the flower to the base plate then media blasted everything so everything looked smooth and uniform.

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Now comes the fun part, patina work, since the spoons are stainless steel, the acid etch I use only changes the surface of the steel rod and base plate and the stainless stays shiny. I use Steel FX Paninas and am a big fan of the ways Bill Worden makes his magical etches. I used copper FX and torch FX to get this dark copper purple tone. I’m unaffiliated to Bill, I appreciate what his product allows me to create though.

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After I achieved my desired results, I rinsed it off with water thoroughly then died it completely using compressed air.

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Then I clear coated the while piece with Rustoleum semi gloss clear and set it aside to let it dry then give to my belle~

Thanks for reading.
More to come.
And here’s a random picture of my studio light that I added another piece to, the mesh is a Pisces sign~

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